Away win for Portishead
PUBLISHED: 14:39 19 September 2012
Portishead Town made the trip to Devizes Town having to reshuffle the pack with four players unavailable, but came away with an excellent victory.
Devizes Town 1
Portishead Town 4
AFTER the disappointment of losing a two goal lead last weekend, Portishead Town made the trip to Devizes Town having to reshuffle the pack with four players unavailable.
Sam Charman returned to partner Zac Andrews at the back, Alex Ross came into midfield and Ed Dunn started on the left with Danny Benn playing through the middle.
James Playford crashed a volley against the bar before the home team saw a header rebound off the outside of the post, all within the first 10 minutes. The home keeper then made a fine stop from another Playford after a superb through ball from Trueman.
On the half hour Portishead suffered a set back when captain James Hughes pulled up with a hamstring strain, but his replacement, George Parsons, immediately made his presence felt.
With Parsons adding steel in the midfield, Portishead began to take charge and duly took the lead with five minutes left in the half. A quick break culminated with Ross beating the last defender and slide his effort past the keeper and into the net.
Portishead were not about to throw away another lead and with just four minutes gone in the second half they extended their advantage. A long ball from Hatfield caused the home defence problems and as Playford applied pressure the alert winger beat the hapless home stopper.
Just after the goal, a second hamstring strain saw Portishead lose the services of Trueman and Si Kelly entered the fray with Danny Benn dropping into midfield.
Despite the change, Portishead went 3-0 up on the hour. The excellent Lee Brice won the ball on the halfway line and, having received the return pass, drove into the box and coolly slotted home.
With 15 minutes remaining, another free kick brought the home team some reward as a swinging delivery deceived everyone and nestled in the far corner.
Undeterred, within minutes Portishead restored their three goal cushion. A clumsy tackle on Playford gave Brice the opportunity for his second of the game from the spot.
The remaining 10 minutes saw further chances for Portishead to extend their lead but as the whistle went the away side could be satisfied with a fine victory, driven on by the outstanding Parsons, whose introduction turned the game in the favour of Portishead.
Portishead return home on Saturday with Wellington the visitors to Bristol Road, kick-off at 3pm.
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